Screen Recording and Browser Plugin Advisory

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Web browsers are discontinuing support for many insecure plugins that are still in use around the world. For example, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge are disabling browser plugins that use NPAPI architecture. Common examples include Flash, Java, Silverlight, and Unity.

Because Adobe Flash is widespread, the manufacturers of Firefox, Chrome, and Edge have created exceptions for it. Therefore, websites that use Flash should continue to function. However, other NPAPI plugins are likely to be disabled by these browsers. All websites that use those plugins will no longer display any content that requires them.

This change affects Engage users in the following ways:

Both the screen sharing tool in BigBlueButton and the screen recording tool in Kaltura require Java, which is why they no longer function in modern browsers. BigBlueButton developers are actively working on resolving this issue in that platform, but screen recording will likely remain disabled in Kaltura.

This document illustrates how to install a free application that can generate a screen recording that can be uploaded manually.

Creating Screen Recordings - MacOS

This section outlines how to create a screen recording on a MacOS computer made by Apple. QuickTime should be installed on your Apple computer. If it is not, click this link to download it.

  1. Open QuickTime. Click File and select New Screen Recording.

    QuickTime File menu reveals New Screen Recording selection
  2. A small screen recording window appears. If you wish to provide voice over narration while recording your screen, you can optionally click the arrow next to the record button to enable a microphone connected to your computer.

    Dropdown arrow next to the record button reveals one available microphone on this computer
  3. Click the record button when you are ready to begin recording.

    Record button is highlighted in the screen recording window
  4. A message appears and asks you to specify the dimensions of the recording area on your computer screen.

    You can either click to record your entire screen, or click and drag to select a specific area of your screen.

    Most users prefer to record their entire screen, so that example will be illustrated in this document.

    Instructional message appears in the middle of the screen
  5. You are now recording. Perform all actions that you wish to be captured in the video.

    When you are ready to stop recording, click the small stop button in the menu bar.

    Small stop button is highlighted in the MacOS menu bar
  6. Once you have stopped recording, a preview window of your resulting video appears.

    You can review this video using the playback controls.

    Video playback controls appear in the middle of the video preview window
  7. When you are satisfied with your recording, you must save it to a file so that you can upload it.

    Click File and select Save.

    QuickTime File menu reveals Save selection
  8. Provide a descriptive name for your video and save it to your local computer.

    User has named their file test_video and is saving it to their Desktop
  9. You can now upload the screen recording video to any location you desire.

    Engage users can refer to the "Upload Media" sections of the below documents for instructions on uploading videos to Kaltura activities in Engage.

    Students: Submitting a Kaltura Video Assignment

    Faculty: Adding a Kaltura Video Resource

Creating Screen Recordings - Windows

This section outlines how to create a screen recording on a Windows computer. A free application named Atomi ActivePresenter can be installed to create screen recordings. Click this link to download and install it.

  1. Open ActivePresenter. Click the ActivePresenter menu and select New Capture.

    ActivePresenter application displays its menu open, and New Capture is highlighted.
  2. A window opens. Specify a name and location on your computer where the project file should be stored.

    Next, select a capture profile and click OK.

    Note: Most users will want to select either "Record Software Demonstration" or "Record Movie/Streaming Video." It is recommended to pick "Record Software Demonstration" if you will not be capturing full motion video during your screen recording.

    Capture New Project window reveals a name of test_video, a location on the local computer, and the Record Software Demonstration is selected
  3. A small screen recording window appears. If you wish to provide voice over narration while recording your screen, you can optionally select a microphone connected to your computer using the Device dropdown.

    Note: The state of the Record System Audio checkbox determines whether the audio produced by your computer will be captured during the screen recording.

    Audio Input section of the Capture New Project window displays a microphone selected in the Device dropdown
  4. Next, specify the dimensions of the recording area on your computer screen.

    Click the Full Screen button to record your entire computer screen. Alternatively, click the Custom button and define a specific range of pixels.

    Most users prefer to record their full screen, so that example will be illustrated in this document.

    Capture Area section of the Capture New Project window reveals two buttons: Full Screen and Custom.
  5. Click the record button when you are ready to begin recording.

    A large Record button is highlighted on the right side of the Capture New Project window
  6. Note the countdown timer that appears for three seconds before recording begins.

    When this countdown timer disappears, recording has begun. Perform all actions that you wish to be captured in the video.

    When you are ready to stop recording, press the Ctrl and End keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

    Small window reads Press Ctrl+End to stop and displays a current countdown of 2 seconds
  7. Once you have stopped recording, a preview window of your resulting video appears.

    You can review this video using the playback controls.

    Playback controls in the Timeline section of ActivePresenter are highlighted
  8. When you are satisfied with your recording, you must save it to a file so that you can upload it.

    Click the Export menu and select Video.

    Export menu of ActivePresenter application is highlighted, and the Video button that appears on the ribbon is highlighted.
  9. A window opens and displays many configurable options that vary depending on which capture profile was selected. Generally, the default settings work for most users.

    In the Output section, make sure the Format dropdown is set to MP4. Then, select a location on your computer where the video will be saved by using the Browse button.

    Click OK to continue.

    Export to Video window reveals many configurable dropdown menus and checkboxes.  Format dropdown is set to MP4, and the Output File text field reveals a directory on the local computer.
  10. A small window appears and reveals that the video is being saved to your computer.

    Window with a loading bar that asks the user to wait while the video is processing
  11. When the saving process is complete, a window asks if you wish to view the video.

    You can optionally click the Yes button to open the video in the default media player installed on your computer.

    Window asking whether the user would like to view the output now
  12. You can now upload the screen recording video to any location you desire.

    Engage users can refer to the "Upload Media" sections of the below documents for instructions on uploading videos to Kaltura activities in Engage.

    Students: Submitting a Kaltura Video Assignment

    Faculty: Adding a Kaltura Video Resource